Papadam Flavors of India
Papadam Flavors of India

Papadam Flavors of India

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.papadaminnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128796000x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, Contemporary Indian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Rodricks
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer everything on the menu for catering and we also offer customized dishes.
  • Special Events: Birthdays, Graduation or any other event

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 75th and 76th street
  • Public Transit: M-15 stops in front of the Restaurant and nearest subway is 77th and Lexington.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking and private garage parking on 76th Street.
A word from Papadam Flavors of India
Fine Dining at regular prices. The food is cooked with different herbs and spices. Each dish is unique and delectable.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Papadam Flavors of India reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)good for groups (6)romantic (3)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • India with a very personal touch
    gabrijVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I have a few favorite Indian restaurants in the NY Metro area, but had not been out for Indian on the Upper East until this week. So after a bit of exploring on OpenTable and Yelp, I made reservations and Papadam, and was very happy with the results. It was just dinner for two, and we were both fasting from meat, so I can only comment on a few vegetarian appetizers and entrees. All were quite good. Spicy (as requested) but not too much, tasty, and generous servings. As far as the ambience, the restaurant is small and family run. We felt very welcome from the moment we arrived until we left, and I really felt like we were eating at somebody's home. I look forward to visiting again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pappadam
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food, service excellent. Restaurant would not honor our open table $20 check for dinner. They said they have no way of verifying it and they have been on the phone with you and many times you have been rude to them. I was left with a very sour taste upon leaving not knowing who to be annoyed with: open table or Pappadam.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great food, & the owner and his wife went out of their way to make sure we had a good dining experience. Variety of Indian dishes on the menu. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat!
    Derum
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food and service, worth the crosstown. Can not recommend highly enough. Best Indian food in NYC? Yes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Anonymous
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My boyfriend and I have been here twice and each time the food was delicious (truly a cut above just about every other Indian I've had in the neighborhood) and the owners gave us very personalized attention that really turned a great meal into a special experience. This is our new go-to in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent creative indian food
    mchlgrnvlVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Having not dined in an Indian restaurant in New York, I have no local frame of reference. I have dined in many Indian restaurants in the US and UK. The attentiveness of the owner and his wife was exemplary. The service was good. The food was great and more creative than most. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to New Yorkers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Indian Food
    awhite31VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We picked Papadam Flavors of India to celebrate my wife's birthday and had the most amazing meal. Papdam is every bit as good as our favorite NYC Indian standbys (Tamarind and Dawat) and yet it is right here on the Upper East Side. The owner and his wife could not have been any nicer or more caring to our party of 6. We tried several of our favorite dishes while also branching out a bit based on dishes the owner recommended. Everything we ate was delicious. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • The Best Indian Food in NYC
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    What a wonderful find and we come here every time we are in NYC. The marvelous food carefully selected by the warm and gracious hosts make this a great favorite of our and we are very particular about Indian Food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 46 reviews are from the Papadam Flavors of India reviews archive.
  • Delicious Indian food
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Varied menu in addition to traditional Indian favorites. Chef will vary spice level according to requests. A great place for a neophyte to taste and appreciate Indian food. Owner is helpful in suggesting dishes to meet your particular taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Indian in the neighborhood
    AnjJ
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    All around, the best - service, food, ambiance. Go there right now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful neighborhood spot
    Dinerk8VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We've been looking for good Indian food and glad we followed the Open Table reviewers. The food was so fresh and flavorful, the service attentive. The restaurant is small and not much atmosphere but with food this good we didn't care. Also easy on the pocket book.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    PeterMc
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Friendly family restaurant with probably the best Indian food I have tasted in the USA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true neighborhood gem! Very
    Laurel
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    A true neighborhood gem! Very friendly atmosphere, staff was attentive and food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Experience at Papadam
    Alexandra
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We just keep coming back, because they get everything right! The food is consistently excellent, the owners are delightful and caring, and the experience is top notch! Love coming here - we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Authentic Indian Food
    Sonic
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Loved the food. It was our first time and were super pleased with the food and atmosphere. Prices are pretty reasonable too if you compare it with other choices for Indian in the area. Food is delicious! The hosts were very helpful and they also made suggestions on what to order and what was their favorites. Def. a pleasant experience and would be going there again. It's too bad that upper East side is a little off the beaten path for me so I don't make it much there but it's def. worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A surprisingly charming experience
    4657
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We were going to be in the neighborhood and were craving Indian food, so we ended up at Papadam. I made a reservation a couple hours before since I wasn't sure how busy it would be later on (it was Saturday night), but when we got there at 7 the place was empty. Normally I take this as a sign of a bad restaurant, but we were there so we stayed, and I sure am glad we did! We were feeling particularly indecisive so one of the staff members (who I presumed was the manager) picked some things out for us. They were all incredible! We got lots of attention from the wait staff, but not so much that it was annoying. We were so charmed by the staff and the food was delightful. Will certainly go here next time I'm in Manhattan!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Indian Cuisine
    AlanKVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I very much enjoyed the coconut soup, the spicy cauliflower, and the barbequed chicken with green rice. Everything was fresh and tasty. If you want to try or enjoy Indian food, I would absolutely recommend this food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Everything my friends and I ordered was delicious and the final bill was very reasonable even though we had a couple of glasses of wine each.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner with another couples
    delph13
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Hello, the service was really good, the food was also very good and we ask for some not too spicy and for other spicy and everything was very respected. the only wired thing was we were the only client for the evening and we felt sorry for the restaurant because the food and service are good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Indian restaurant on
    jojo
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Lovely Indian restaurant on the UES. I've been there many times and will return. The owners are delightful and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love love love it!
    Alexandra
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    I can't say enough good things about this place! The owners are absolutely committed to their diner's experience, not to mention a pleasure to talk with. The food is delicious - try the cauliflower! I haven't tried anything on the menu that I didn't absolutely love. I've been here with friends and family, and it works for any size group. It's a small restaurant, but it makes for a personalized experience and quiet dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • UES Supurb Indian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Take a culinary trip through India at Papadam. We've dined at Papadam several times and have enjoyed the wide variety of Indian cuisine. Ask your server for help in planning a unique dining experience. The service could not be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best Indians
    MrMoonshine
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I've lived in Madhattan for 5.5 years, and I've found that good Indian restaurants are few and far between. I tried this one and it was everything I hoped an Indian would be... warm, atmospheric interior; attentive, friendly staff; and, most importantly, lovely food. The only, minor, issue are the papadams. I had hoped that, after naming itself after these delectable Indian appetisers, this restaurant wouldn't fall into the trap that every other Indian in this city does – namely, having the flatter papadams that simply don't compare to the delicious ones I am used to (that are far more common in London, where I am from). That said, one of the best Indian restaurants I've been to in this country.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just loved it
    brasil
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Went there with my feance, her mother and mine. We arrived a tad late but they honored our reservation. We loved the food. Best Indian food ever! I usually do not eat fish, but this time I had every last bit! Just ask for the suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicest local Indian restaurant
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Gracious host made this a particularly pleasant meal. Fine Indian fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food. Very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Excellent food. Very friendly staff who were helpful with questions about the menu.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian restaurant in NY
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    I have eaten in many Indian restaurants in New York--Papadam is at the top of my list. The food is extraordinary; it is so flavorful--best lamb chops ever. Even people who are not Indian-food lovers can find something to eat with the large selection of dishes on the menu. The staff is very warm and welcoming and is helpful in making suggestions based on what food you like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    connieVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Seemed to do a lot of take out food maybe I try that as there was no atmosphere staff super nice
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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  • Best Upper East Side Indian
    MetFanVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We've been to Papadam a dozen times, with small and big groups, and every time has been great. The food is outstanding, but the service is what makes every visit great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Alyshaj
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Very small establishment with excellent food and very attentive staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good Indian food
    PaulineVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The spinach soup was out of this world! The tomato chutney(which comes with the meal) is sooooo good. Definitely will return!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DH and I had a very nice dinner
    mlgm8r
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    DH and I had a very nice dinner here. Food was great: Lamb Rogan Josh was very nicely balanced - not overly heavy; Bengali Fish Curry was excellent (highly recommended); and classic Chicken Tandoor was delicious. The only slight hiccup was that we had to wait too long for the check and it only came after we asked for it. Maybe they thought we were on a long date but that wasn't the case.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Papadam - intimite, friendly, tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    On the hunt for a good curry in Manhattan, Papadums hit the spot: tasty, great service. Delicious appetizers; different from standard fare. My keralan curry main was lovely & we really enjoyed the pepper lamb. The service was good if a bit OTT at times. I was slightly disappointed by the spice levels - the waiter told me my dish would be medium spicy - I said I like spicy food and would like it to be hot, but when it arrived the chilli was undetectable. Nevertheless the dish was very nice. Also: it was raining heavily and one of our guests arrived drenched; the owners offered him a shirt to wear while they hung his up to dry; they refused to take any money for it & insisted he kept it! We left touched by their generosity.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Indian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    If you are looking for great Indian food served by the most hospitable people, this is the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands down, best Indian food in NYC
    mbrg
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We've always admired Papadam for it's quiet and comfortable ambiance, very friendly service, and above all, the most delicious Indian food we've ever had. And we've had a lot. To sum up the meal, we had a round of tamarind martinis, followed by an all-vegetarian meal -- the Hari Bari Tikki appetizer, Navratan korma, and Aloo Gobi. So delicious and satisfying. The owners and waiters are all incredibly friendly and truly care about their customers. They even serve the first portion of the meal onto the plates, adding an element of true class that is so rare for a neighborhood restaurant. There is no shortage of Indian joints in NYC, but Papadam is the best! If you're in the area, you're in luck! If not, it's definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Lovely Service
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    We totally enjoyed our dinner at Papadam and would come again every time we return to NYC. The owner helped us select great dishes and we devoured all of them. It is a really marvelous Indian restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indian done very well.
    IslandGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Our last evening in NYC and we were craving Indian. I did a search and based on reviews we decided to go here. From the moment we walked in everyone was very accommodating, friendly and willing to answer our questions. We wanted to try some different dishes than our usual and were guided to some excellent new dishes. All of the food came out promptly and when I asked if they made a sweet lassi for me even though it wasn't on the menu. We thought we'd ordered an extra appetizer but we must have missed something so we then ordered an extra dish - saag paneer - my favourite. The dish was so good that I literally cleaned out the bowl with my naan. We are back in NYC fairly often and I will definitely come back again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best indian in NY
    NinaVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    My boyfriend took me here for my birthday. The fantastic food and outstandingly lovely staff made it a very special occasion. definitely the best indian restaurant I've been to in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • One of the best Indian places
    Bostonian
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Went to New York with a family (5 people) and wanted to eat Indian food - we love it and ate in many places before. We read reviews on yelp and opentable and decided to give this place a try. And boy - were we happy!. The owners themselves came to our table and made suggestions about appetizers, they were very nice - food was delicious, came out fast, atmosphere is nice, table beautifully served. We expresses our happiness with food to the owners and got free desserts to try. We tried different curries and liked all of them - level of spiciness was as we ordered. Price was good -not expensive - and it was only 9 minutes by taxi from Times Sq. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding experience!
    Localfoodie
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    Very shortly after I made the ressie thru Open Table the owner of Papadam called me to see if my party (8ppl) was for a special occasion. She asked if we would need a cake or had any special drink/food requests. It was just friends night meeting for dinner so no special occasion but the forethought that went into that call carried through the attentiveness of the staff throughout the entire dining experience. We decided to have fun and order everything for the table to be shared so that everyone could sample each dish and there was not a single one that wasn't a hit. The food is Scrupmcious! and the restaurant is a great neighborhood gem. Hands down some of the very best Indian food I've ever had in NYC! I will definitely be a regular : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.